What Does CAD/CAM Technology Do?

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As we progress further into the twenty first century, we are greeted with new tools and technologies affecting different areas of our lives. The dentistry field is not exempt from these innovations. CAD/CAM technology is changing the way we practice dental care at our downtown San Francisco dentist location, and allowing for more convenient and efficient treatment.

CAD, or Computer Aided Design, is a form of technology that assists in the drawing and technical drafting of products. In other words, CAD technology can allow designers (or more specifically, dentists) to develop 3D models for medical use. Dentists and specialists can scan patient’s teeth and create crowns more quickly. A process that used to take weeks can now be completed in a matter of hours.

Molds and impressions of teeth requiring crowns once needed to be sent to labs, where technicians required weeks to create the coverings. Now, dentists can use a variety of tools and technologies to scan teeth, and digitally send them to a milling or 3D machine located right in the office. The machines are then able to carve or print the crown from porcelain or resin.

This new ability allows for quicker, more convenient treatment. Patients no longer need to wait to fix their broken or otherwise damaged teeth and can spend less time in the dental office and away from work. If you are interested in learning more, contact our expert in CAD/CAM technology in San Francisco.